Malta has announced the launch of a Nomad Residence Permit that enables holders to retain their current employment based in another country whilst legally residing in Malta. The Permit is open to individuals who can work remotely and independent of location, using telecommunications technologies.
Malta already welcomes digital nomads from the EU and now plans to extend this to individuals from outside the EU. The existing community of entrepreneurial digital expats make the most of what Malta has to offer in terms of lifestyle, climate and a network of like-minded people. Residency Malta’s Nomad Residence Permit is open to individuals from third countries, who would normally (but not necessarily) require a Visa to travel to Malta.
A Nomad Residence Permit will be issued for one year and can be renewed upon application at the discretion of Residency Malta, as long as the applicant still meets the set eligibility criteria. Applicants who are interested in staying for less than a year will be issued with a National Visa for the duration of their stay.
Applicants must prove they can work remotely, using telecoms. Applicants must also be third country nationals.
In addition, applicants must prove they fall under any one of the following 3 categories:
- Work for an employer registered in a foreign country and have a contract of work;
- Conduct business activities for a company registered in a foreign country and of which applicant is partner/shareholder; or
- Offer freelance or consulting services, mostly to clients whose permanent establishments are in a foreign country, and with whom the applicant has contracts.
In addition, an applicant must reach a minimum gross monthly income threshold of EUR 2,700. Additional eligible family members will have thresholds as stipulated by Agency Policy.
Malta has been attracting digital expats for a number of years since the Island became a hub for gaming companies. Malta is a multi-cultural, cosmopolitan country that has a lot to offer including:
- Sun, sea, sand, and outdoor life – Malta has all the ingredients for being the ideal remote working base
- English is an official language and the language used to do business.
- With a robust infrastructure, internet speed, wifi coverage and the first EU country with nationwide 5G mobile internet service, digital nomads can work anywhere on the Island.
- Malta’s location in the middle of the Med means it’s a stone’s throw away from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. With great air and sea links, our Island is well connected to the rest of the world.
- A multicultural and cosmopolitan country that hosts a large expat community from all over the world.
- There is an excellent support system for start-ups and entrepreneurs and a number of Government entities offer consultancy and support services.
- Top-notch health services, with Malta’s flagship hospital, numerous Government health centres and private hospitals and clinics, residents have peace of mind in the event they experience health issues.
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